Murder charge in Ohio nurse’s 2009 death served to inmate

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Police have charged a Canton nurse’s former handyman in the woman’s 2009 death.

Sixty-six-year-old Kenneth Roth’s warrant was served Friday at a federal lockup where he’s been an inmate since 2013.

Roth faces an aggravated murder charge in the death of Linda Smith. The 61-year-old Smith worked as a registered nurse at Aultman Hospital in Canton. She was found strangled at her home in Osnaburg (AWZ’-nuh-burg) Township in December 2009.

The murder charge against Roth comes three years after Stark County Sheriff George Maier launched a cold case investigation into the unsolved crime. Maier said Roth had done handyman work for Smith.

Maier served Roth’s warrant at Elkton Correctional Institution in Lisbon, Ohio. Roth is serving time there on a federal weapons charge.

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